The Lung Cancer Blame Game - How People Blame the Patients and Patients Blame Themselves

The Lung Cancer Blame Game – How People Blame the Patients and Patients Blame Themselves

Lung cancer patients regularly bemoan the question that plagues us. The, “did you smoke?” question. There is simply no getting around it. It’s the number one thing people ask when you share your lung cancer diagnosis. (See here for more…

Gail Schlachter, My Mother-in-law, Remembered

Gail Schlachter, My Mother-in-law, Remembered

A couple of weeks ago, my mother-in-law Gail Schlachter passed away. Our family, already burdened with my illness, has been reeling from this unexpected loss. The other day Jacob, who was particularly close with his Grandma Gail, caved under the…

This & That -- A Letter to My Mom Book, Team Lisa Update & Clinical Trial Innovation Contest

This & That — A Letter to My Mom Book, Team Lisa Update & Clinical Trial Innovation Contest

Here are a few odds and ends that don’t quite amount to their own blog posts, but I still want to share, so I’ve smushed them all together here: (1) A Letter to My Mom — This is the coolest…

Fractured Medical Care: A Rant Constructive Criticism from a Patient Who Cares

Fractured Medical Care: A Rant Constructive Criticism from a Patient Who Cares

I am incredibly lucky to have good health insurance and live in an area that offers first-rate medical care. These are both privileges many do not share and I don’t take either for granted. But, it’s in my nature to…

It’s Gettin’ Real in the Canned Goods Aisle

It’s Gettin’ Real in the Canned Goods Aisle

People seemed to really respond to my last blog post. Which isn’t that huge of a surprise, since I basically just ripped off that famous quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about,”…

Mourning the Loss of Paul Kalanithi

Mourning the Loss of Paul Kalanithi

When I was first diagnosed, it was quite a fire drill. My biopsy was supposed to be an easy outpatient procedure, an hour, maybe two, tops. Instead, I didn’t set foot outside of the hospital for a week. I woke…

Of Constipated Parrots and Brain MRIs

Of Constipated Parrots and Brain MRIs

Last week I had an appointment with my oncologist. She reviewed my lab tests and we discussed my current side effects and symptoms. At each visit, she’s evaluating a variety of things, including my brain function and whether it warrants…

The Darkest Secret? -- Musings on the Death of David Carr

The Darkest Secret? — Musings on the Death of David Carr

What could be more shameful, more blameworthy, more deserving of secrecy than leaving your infant twins alone in a car for over an hour while you go score some drugs? Well, perhaps, lung cancer. David Carr died a few days…

Videos of Lisa and Eric Discussing Their Lung Cancer Experience

[by Eric] In August and October last year, Lisa and I recorded three video interviews with Terry Trumbull for the Breathe California show on local cable. It’s taken a while (and required the help of my star RA Addam), but…

“Every Last One of Us Can Do Better Than Give Up” (Following Up with Cheryl Strayed)

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled Where Have All the Lung Cancer Celebrities Gone?  Someone tweeted the blog to Cheryl Strayed and asked “Why the change [from mentioning your mother’s lung cancer diagnosis in the book to…